January 20, 2019
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Levant rallies to support businessmen in need

After a fire earlier this month that destroyed their 3-week-old automotive repair business, friends and neighbors are doing what they can to help co-owners Robbie Potter and Jeremy Pomeroy.

The young men, who had invested $250,000 in the business, were in the process of obtaining insurance but were uninsured at the time of the fire.

Firefighters from seven communities fought the blaze, and the building’s contents, which included $100,000 in equipment along with tools and vehicles, were considered a total loss.

The men are hopeful they will be able to rebound from this unfortunate situation, according to friend Lisa Harding of Levant, and eventually reopen their business.

In the meantime, community members are offering their support in numerous ways.

Harding reports that an “A-1 Transmission Fund” has been established at Bangor Federal Credit Union for anyone who wants to make a donation to assist the men in overcoming this loss.

“If anyone wants to donate money, that is what they need right now,” Harding added.

A benefit supper for the men is planned for 6-7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Bemis Plaza in Levant.

Admission is by donation, and those who want to bring a hot dish to share are encouraged to do so.

A dance follows the dinner, from 8 p.m. to midnight, at which, Harding explained, “you provide your own refreshments.” Dancers will be invited to contribute to a money tree to benefit Potter and Pomeroy.

More information about how you can help these young Levant businessmen can be obtained by calling Harding at 884-6066.

Representatives of Good Shepherd Food Bank, retailers and manufacturers will be providing information about “Check Out Hunger” by offering samples of sponsors’ products from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Bangor Mall.

Check Out Hunger is a program combining consumer donations with contributions from manufacturers to support the work of Good Shepherd and other food banks.

Included in the program are Barber Foods, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Campbell’s Soup, ConAgra and Rite Foods, a division of Ocean Beauty Seafoods.

The Saturday edition of the Bangor Daily News contains the Check Out Hunger coupons.

When you redeem those coupons, the participating manufacturer will match the coupon value with a donation to Good Shepherd Food Bank of Auburn, which serves all of Maine.

Shaw’s Supermarkets, Hannaford, Shop ‘n Save and Independent grocers throughout the state are participating in the program, to which you can donate when you check out at their registers.

Sue Cust invites the public to attend the annual Holy Family Parish Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Parish Hall on South Brunswick Street in Old Town.

She reports the bazaar will feature “knits, crafts, jewelry, homemade food, gift baskets, a silent auction and white elephant room.”

Then, if you prefer not to cook that night, you can attend a baked bean supper from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the same site.

Proceeds from these events will benefit the parish’s building fund.

Residents of the Bradford area are invited to the Grand Reopening Celebration of the John B. Curtis Free Library from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the library in Bradford.

Brenda Mowdy reports the library has been closed for renovations during the past month.

Refreshments will be served during the celebration, and attendees will have a chance to win door prizes.

Poet Norman M. Davis of Caribou will discuss “The Four Keys to Success in Poetry” at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Caribou Room of the Caribou Public Library, 30 High St.

A poet whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines in countries including the United States, Canada, England, France and India, Davis intends to pass on what he has learned, hoping that those who are able to use the information he shares will become published poets.

Poetry-related books will be available at the free event, which includes a question-and-answer session.

For more information, call the library at 493-4214.

Anne Gagnon and members of St. Teresa’s Church invite you to attend its Harvest Fair from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Parish Center on South Main Street in Brewer.

Gagnon promises “something for everyone” at this event which includes a silent auction, white elephant offerings and homemade foods.

“In addition to the usual Christmas motif, crafts will include items for Halloween and general autumn decorations,” Gagnon added, and you can purchase soup and a sandwich for lunch.

To complete your day, attend the church’s Chicken Pie Harvest Supper from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. at the center.

Tickets for the supper are $6 for adults and $3 for children.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; 990-8288.


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